Reading the biographies of the ten graduating seniors who will be recognized next week as Boise State’s Top Ten Scholars excites me about the direction of the this university.
These amazing students are the cream of this spring’s graduating class and their accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom, are extraordinary and inspiring. These Broncosseize every opportunity this university offers — through academics, research, service and creativity – and more and more represent the character of our entire student body, rather than being an exception.
They and their classmates, as a group, are younger and stronger academically than those who came before them – a trend that builds momentum at Boise State with each new semester.
For example, 82 percent of this year’s freshman class came to Boise State straight out of high school – in 2001 that ratio was 66 percent. Academically, they are higher achievers, with 40 percent having a GPA of 3.5 or better, up from just 28 percent in 2001. And this year, 92 percent of them are attending Boise State full time, compared to 68 percent 10 years ago.
Thanks to the university’s strong emphasis in recent years on enriching student involvement and campus life, and deepening our academic offerings through new degree programs and initiatives like our Foundational Studies program, these new Broncos, as a class, will be more engaged, more likely to earn a degree and better prepared to succeed in life.
These are exciting times at Boise State and nothing captures that dynamism better than the achievements and success of our students and alumni.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.